Hon. Angellah Kairuki (MP): Strengthening leadership capacities critical to the success of development plans

Board launchA critical component for the success of national and continental development plans will be the ability of leadership to provide guidance through the transitions that have to be made, said Hon. Angellah Kairuki (MP), Minister of State for the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance.

Hon. Kairuki made the statement at the launch of the new Board of Directors for UONGOZI Institute, the institute housed under the President’s Office which is mandated to develop the leadership competencies of leaders from the public sector and beyond.

“Supporting leaders and preparing leaders to face development challenges is what is expected of UONGOZI Institute,” said Hon. Kairuki, “we are confident that this new Board will steer the Institute in carrying out its mandate, and realizing its vision of a prosperous, equitable and sustainable Africa.”

This is the second group of Board of Directors for UONGOZI Institute, that has been operational since July 2010. The new Board of Directors were appointed by President John Pombe Maghufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, on 31st May, 2017.

The newly appointed Board of Directors include Amb. Kari Alanko (Chair), Finland’s Ambassador to South Africa; Prof. Idris Kikula, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dodoma (UDOM); Dr. Laurean Ndumbaro, Permanent Secretary, President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance; Dr. Stergomena Tax, Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Prof. Penina Mlama, Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM); Dr. Cristina Duarte, Former Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration – Cape Verde; Ms. Iina Soiri, Director of the Nordic Africa Institute – Sweden; and Mr. David Walker, Former Director of the European School of Administration – United Kingdom.

On his part, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja said that thus far, the Institute has succeeded in laying a solid foundation to become a renowned centre of excellence in leadership development for Africa.

“Over 1700 leaders have been trained, over 70 courses have been delivered for leaders, an internationally recognized post-graduate diploma programme on leadership is being offered in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education in Finland, and over 40 high level policy forums and roundtable discussions have been organized, many with regional and international participation,” outlined Prof. Semboja, among other achievements of the Institute.

Going forward, Hon. Angellah Kairuki expressed that the outlook seems positive.

 “I believe that UONGOZI Institute has a lot of exciting and challenging work ahead, and for this, it has the Government of Tanzania’s full support,” said Hon. Kairuki.

District Commissioners and District Executive Directors from the Southern Highlands participate in Leadership Programme

Hon. Selemani Jafo (MP), Deputy Minister for the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government addresses over 72 DCs and DEDs at the opening ceremony for a Leadership Programme organised by PO-RALG and UONGOZI Institute
Prof. Joseph Semboja, CEO, UONGOZI Institute giving his welcoming remarks
Hon. Selemani Jafo (MP) in discussion with Deputy Permanent Secretary for Health, PO-RALG, Dr. Zainabu Chaula
District Commissioner, Kinondoni, Ally Happi, delivers a Vote of Thanks for the Guest of Honour during the opening ceremony of the Training Programme for DCs and DEDs from the Southern Highlands
Hon. Selemani Jafo (MP), Deputy Minister, PO-RALG with Dr. Zainabu Chaula, Deputy Permanent Secretary, PO-RALG on his left and Prof. Joseph Semboja, CEO, UONGOZI Institute on his right, posing with staff members from UONGOZI Institute and the facilitator of the training module on Emotional Intelligence, Ms. Zuhura Muro (top centre)


Over seventy-two District Commissioners and District Executive Directors from the Southern Highland Zone began a one-week Leadership Programme on Monday, 11 September, organised by the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government in collaboration with UONGOZI Institute.

This is the third group of DCs and DEDs that have participated in the Programme, with the aim of training all DCs and DEDs from mainland Tanzania by the end of the year in order to improve their leadership competencies.

So far, 148 DCs and DEDs have been trained in two zones.  This third phase will train DCs and DEDs from the Southern Highlands Zone covering the regions of Mbeya, Iringa, Rukwa, Njombe, Ruvuma, Songwe, Shinyanga and Dar es Salaam.

The opening ceremony of for the Leadership Programme was officiated by Hon. Selemani Jafo, Deputy Minister for the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government. In his opening remarks, he emphasised the need for DCs and DEDs to implement their duties effectively in order meet the expectations of the general public who rely on them to deliver tangible results in this fifth-phase Government.

Hon. Jafo further directed the leaders to ensure that they comply with the Procedures, Public Service Regulations and Principles in place while bearing in mind the existing administrative boundaries, stressing the need for the improvement of workplace relations.

“Through this training, it is my belief that we will all have a common understanding of how to work strategically towards bringing about the development required by citizens, as you will have a better understanding of how the Governement operates, bearing in mind the boundaries in place, separation of duties and protocols, as well as the level of confidentiality and ethics required of public officials,” stated Deputy Minister Jafo.

According to the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja, the objective of the training is to enhance key leadership competencies of the DCs and DEDs in making strategic choices, leading people and managing other resources and excelling in personal leadership qualities.

“The leadership programme focuses on issues related to good governance, ethics, integrity and anti-corruption; issues affecting collaboration among government leaders; and the importance of personal leadership and emotional intelligence in their leadership roles,” said Prof. Semboja.

The fourth and final stage of the Leadership Programme for over 100 DCs and DEDs who have not yet participated in the Programme is expected to be undertaken in December, 2017.